18 May 2011

little venice...& hampstead

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first off, I'd just like to say a massive thank you, I still can't quite believe that anyone reads this blog, even though I have now gathered 1000 followers! {see the bottom of this blog} So I suppose I really need to realise I'm not just muttering to myself.

Anyway, a couple of days ago, we went on a little adventure around London in our titchy car. First stop was Warwick Avenue, which is the nearest tube stop to Little Venice. Little Venice is actually just a canal in London, nothing really like Venice!


on the walk to the canal, we spied a garden centre all tucked away between lots of grand houses. Its called Clifton Nursery, and well worth a trip, if not for the truly amazing, best EVER cream tea, with homemade jam {and I've sampled a few in my time}.

and a small cat that did not appreciate my attentions.

after stuffing our cake holes...we made it to the water's edge, and the sun came out and all was delightful.



we dreamed about having our own houseboat one day, hmm...







a very lovely stroll indeedo. next up, Hampstead Heath, and Kenwood House that lies therein.

we have been here a few times before, but we were a bit early for dinner at the pub, so we went for a wander...


there were so many wild flowers and baby ducks and stuff, it really was beautiful in there.


and then, it was time to eat, again. 
we went to a pub called 'the spaniards' which is well know around those parts. It is very very old indeed.
This is what went in our bellies that day...




paying the congestion charge in central London is a bit of a pain in the bum to be honest, but, we saw so many new things when whizzing about in our car in the city. £10 doesn't seem too bad I suppose.

21 comments:

  1. Great photos of Little Venice! We live on our boat and have moored there a few times, it's lovely!

    Amy
    Narrowboat Lucky Duck
    www.nbluckyduck.blogspot.com

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  2. I've always contemplated the wonders of a house boat! I don't know if I could do it forever but maybe I'd holiday on one.

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  3. I love Little Venice! Next time you go, I recommend the little cafe-on-a-barge. I can't remember the name, but the food is tasty and you can sit outside on the towpath. Also, if you have bikes, or fancy a barge-ride, or even a walk, follow the canal up to Primrose Hill - it is a glorious way to spend an afternoon. There is always cake waiting for you too, which is nice. x

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  4. Oh, lots of posting from me today. I can only recommend wandering along the canal from Little Venice to Camden Town! You see the zoo, posh houses and gardens and even more houseboats!
    Love your picture of the little bridge and flowery meadow (and your blog in general!).

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  5. I love Clifton Nurseries but have never tried the cream tea - I grew up in Devon and have eaten a fair few, too - your glowing recommendation makes me want to go and try it now!

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  6. Thanks for sharing a lil of your life...beautiful.

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  7. Beautiful photographs, as ever. And great choice for lunch at the Spaniards indeed!
    Gaelle

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  8. I think living on a boat would suit you you know! Lovely photos, also, how is it you eat so many cakes and stay so teeny!? love xxx

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  9. Also...this made me think of you

    http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2011/05/18/diy-liberty-of-london-garter-from-the-purl-bee/

    xxx

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  10. Ohhh the kitty cat! You are so like me chasing after the kitty and trying to pet it!

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  11. I adore the saying "stuffing our cake holes"! brilliant

    love your blog

    xxx
    sheree

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  12. OHH I love Little Venice - used to live in Maida Vale so we hung out there A LOT. Thanks for sharing this amazing London trip - and congrats on the 1000 + - your blog rocks.
    A xx

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  13. Great pics! I work in little venice its a lovely cycle of a sunny day! xxx

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  14. What a lovely day!! And thanks for the tip. I have lived in London all my live and made many a trip Little Venice way but never heard of Clifton Nurseries. I will definitely go now lured by the promise of a lovely cream tea...xx

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  15. Your welcome ..... your blog is a joy ... real, inspirational & beautiful ...no wonder you have so many followers!x

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  16. We never knew that that area existed! We are definitely going for a cream tea when we are back in London....and a canal boat named after one of us (Grace)...perfect!

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  17. if you're going up to north london, there is a road that goes through the congestion charge where you don't have to pay! i'm not entirely sure where it is, but it's somwhere around paddington i think. and there is also the north circular that comes out at euston and you can just go north from there! xo

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  18. What a neat place you live in! I really must travel to England one day soon.

    :o)Sarah
    restlessromantic.blogspot.com

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  19. I am totally with you wanting to live on a houseboat! Stunning pictures, adore the reds and blues in the restaurant. X

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  20. ha ha... i know that Clifton Cat... and i agree I think a boat would suit you, with radishes growing on top!

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  21. love, love, love it walking through North London through my mind

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